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Khidirpur or Kidderpore is a neighborhood of metropolitan Kolkata (Calcutta). Located in the central-west part of the city, it is bounded by the Alipore in the east, Mominpur in the south, Hastings, in the north, Garden Reach and Metiabruz in the south-west and the Hooghly River in the west.

Kidderpore
Khidirpur
neighborhood
Kidderpore is located in Kolkata
Kidderpore
Kidderpore
Location in Kolkata
Coordinates: 22°32′34″N 88°19′09″E / 22.5427°N 88.3192°E / 22.5427; 88.3192Coordinates: 22°32′34″N 88°19′09″E / 22.5427°N 88.3192°E / 22.5427; 88.3192
Country  India
State West Bengal
District South 24 Parganas
City Kolkata
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

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HistoryEdit

The gateway of Kidderpore is at the crossing of Diamond Harbour Road and Gangadhar Banerjee Lane. At that place a roadside restaurant dating from the British era remains, named "Panchubabu's Shop" or "Panchubabur Dokan", one of the landmarks of Kidderpore. The area is also home to quite a few dargahs of Sufi saints like Syed Baba and Shah Warsi Baba.

A number of soldiers killed in World War II were buried at the Solana Muslim burial ground.

In the field of Indian literature, this part of Kolkata produced three jewel poets. They were Rongolal Bandhopadhyay, Hemchandra Bandopadhyay and Michael Madhushudan Dutta.

EtymologyEdit

One of the oldest parts of the city, Kidderpore has many legends associated with respect to the stoical origin of its name. It is said that some British could not converse in Bengali. Whenever they passed by, their asking in broken Hindi for the directions to the port where their ships used to dock sounded somewhat like 'kidder-port'. More plausibly, the name is a corruption of Khidrpur or Khizarpur, Khizr/Khidr being the guardian saint of the seas to the fishing communities of Bengal. Another theory points out that the port probably got its name from Lord Kyde, a 19th-century engineer who designed and supervised the building of the lock gate that connects the nearby port to the Hoogly River.

GeographyEdit

Kidderpore is located at 22°32′N 88°19′E / 22.53°N 88.32°E / 22.53; 88.32.[1] It has an average elevation of 9 m (30 ft).

TransportEdit

Kidderpore Bridge is one of the few bridges in Kolkata that has trams plying across it. The Kidderpore Tram Depot connects locations like Kalighat, Tollygunge and Ballygunge, etc. The main Kidderpore intersection is connected with northern, southern and central Kolkata by various private and state bus services. Shared autos ply from nearby distances are an affordable option. Kidderpore can also be accessed by the Kolkata Circular Railway, which has a station in the locality.

Medical facilitiesEdit

The area is well served by several major hospitals:

  • Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Alipore
  • BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Alipore
  • Kothari Medical Research Center, Alipore
  • SSKM Hospital (Government Hospital), approx. 1 km away
  • Bangur Institute of Neurology, approx. 1 km away
  • Shambhunath Pandit Hospital, approx. 1.5 km away

Educational institutionsEdit

  • St Thomas School, Kolkata Diamond Harbour Road is the oldest one in West Bengal.
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru Vidyapith
  • Francium Tutorial 12 B ibrahim road.
  • Moulana Azad Urdu School, Driver's Quarter
  • The Kidderpore Academy
  • Sharat Chandra Paul Girls High School
  • Jnan Chandra Ghosh College of Polytechnique
  • Adarsh Hindi High School
  • Khidirpur College
  • St. Paul's School Kidderpore, Diamond Harbour Road
  • St. Teresa Secondary School, Diamond Harbour Road
  • Lajpat Hindi High School
  • Loyola High School
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Command Hospital
  • Sarat Chandra Paul Girls High School
  • Sir Syed High School (Urdu)
  • Kidderpore Urdu Girls Primary School
  • Kidderpore Oriya High School
  • Kidderpore Balika Vidyatan
  • Bankim Ghosh Smriti Uchha Balika Vidyalaya
  • Jnan Bhaskar Vidyalaya
  • Thomas Day High School
  • Jnan Bhaskar Vidyalay
  • St Barnabas High School
  • Grace International School, Mominpore
  • Evergreen high school, Ibrahim Road
  • Labbaik coaching center, M.M. Ali Road
  • Kidder Pore Muslim High Secondary School
  • Child Care Primary School, Ram Kamal Streetl

Places of interestEdit

  • Kidderpore Drawbridge at port area
  • Hastings House, Warren Hasting's residence
  • Hanging Place of Maharaja Nandakumar at Hastings
  • National Library
  • Pitambar Sarkar Lane Shitala Mata Temple (Burimar Mandir)
  • Bhukailash Rajbari
  • Watgaunge Street Panchanan Temple
  • 5-Star Market & Fancy Market
  • Race Course
  • Victoria & Kolkata Maidan
  • Fort William

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Kolkata/South travel guide from Wikivoyage